Imagine yourself part of a small village located on the Arctic tundra made up of a few dozen wooden homes, a small store, and governed by Elders. Extreme weather. No hospitals. No police. No streets. The only access is by a small, single engine plane. Now imagine being taught that so much of your culture is “wrong”– the food you eat, the clothes you wear, the way your village hunts and fishes, the stories the Elders tell, the songs they sing and the very words spoken are inferior. Few of us truly understand the hardship, pain and hopelessness that can define life in Alaska villages. The effects of losing cultural identity for many Alaska Natives are passed down across generations in the form of addiction, domestic violence and suicide.
Considering these challenges, Arctic Mission Adventure (AMA) volunteers live in these communities, with the goal of integrating into village life and building relationships through ministries that meet the needs of both old and young. They feed the hungry, clothe the needy, provide day camps and Vacation Bible School and pray for those in need. Our volunteers are living out what it means to have a new identity by adopting Native communities into the family of Christ.
With your support, we can continue to reach these communities or grow God’s work into new communities. Will you, your church, your school, your leaders adopt a village? When you adopt a village, you become part of a collective family that provides not only financial support, but spiritual and social support to those in the villages and to volunteers who serve them. We invite you to explore further and learn how you can be part of a family of God.